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Specialist, Grants and Government Relations

Posted: 07/18/2021

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Strategic Funding, the Grants and Government Relations Specialist is responsible for the implementation and management of a strategic funding plan to achieve substantial growth in giving from public or private foundations and government sources. This
position will work to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and initiate new contacts within each of these sectors. This position requires outstanding writing, budgeting, and project management skills; and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and deliverables.

Primary Duties:

  • Working closely with the Director of Communications and Strategic Funding, identifies and achieves specific funding targets for foundation, state and federal funding.
  • Develops prospect lists for various annual operating programs, special projects, and capital projects, and maintains a database of current and prospective funding partners.
  • Works closely with team leaders and organizational colleagues to develop a comprehensive portfolio of projects available for foundation and government agency support.
  • Prepares necessary written proposals supported with sound research data, as well as corollary presentation materials.
  • Creates and executes action plans for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of each viable funding entity.
  • Takes a lead role in developing and implementing a strategic funding plan to successfully qualify, pursue, and secure significant grant support for major capital projects, and other special projects, from local and national funding entities. Manages work to ensure a steady, renewable, and increasing annual operating revenue stream from foundations and government agencies whose funding priorities align with the organization’s annual operating needs.
  • Maintains a functional grant management system. Trains programs/operations colleagues on grant processes and requirements. Works closely with accounting and program leaders to monitor grant award compliance, ensuring funds are expended in accordance with foundation and/or government agency requirements.
  • Prepares and submits grant reports as required by the funding entity. Such responsibility will include continual improvement in ability across departments and divisions to understand the requirements imposed by granting agencies and foundations and then create and implement systems that serve those requirements. Monitors foundation, city, state, and federal grant income as it relates to goals for annual funding, capital funding, and special projects.
  • Coordinates with agency leadership to prepare budgets and income projections for the following fiscal year.
  • Monitors state and federal public policy initiatives and bills related to healthcare, hospice, grief, and other organizational priorities. Coordinates advocacy efforts such as Day at the Capitol, policy summits, contact campaigns, and other appropriate agency-level efforts. Represents Kansas City Hospice at a variety of community events and functions, including major organizational events such as Sunday Night Live, Circle of Lights, Mustache Month, and educational events.


  • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred.
  • Five years of experience in grant writing and management; preferably for large, complex healthcare organizations.
  • A proven track record of successfully securing significant grant funding.
  • Demonstrated experience in pre- and post-award management of foundation and federal government grants.
  • This includes prospect research, proposal development, stewardship and reporting.
  • Committed ability to work in a collegial manner with diverse individuals throughout the organization and funding community.
  • Outstanding skills in writing, editing, budget creation, and project management.
  • Persistent self-motivator who can work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong computer skills, with the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and research tools including Metasoft, Candid, and other appropriate grant prospecting and management tools. ? Occasional evenings and weekends throughout the year will be required.

Do you feel like you want your work to be more meaningful, where you know each day you and your team are making a difference in the lives of others while positively impacting your community? Do you want to work for a non-profit organization committed to diversity and inclusion? You can in a career working for Kansas City Hospice, where each day you and the team are working for something that matters to the hearts of those facing a terminal illness and comfort for the bereaved. Kansas City Hospice might just be the home you are looking for. Join our team who are making a difference, not just in healthcare, but right here in the heart of our community.

Kansas City Hospice is a non-profit organization that lives our mission every day – To bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Not all hospices are created equal. Come see why Kansas City Hospice is truly special.

Kansas City Hospice is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full Time